Well well well, I did not know what to expect on day one of the #TTPlay, all I knew I was excited to learn something new and to make new connections.
I was pumped to see and meet the famous Twitter teachers who I follow daily and they did not disappoint. Firstly, we started off with a bang with Alice Keeler @alicekeeler talking Google. The way she engaged the audience with her passion and let’s not forget her fabulous shoes “I can't stop staring at Alice's fabulous shoes!” was contagious. Reinforcing the us the main reason we are here are for the students and us teachers are superstars, that is something we always need to remember. Alice showed us examples of how powerful Google can be, using Google Maps, Google Slides, Google Sheets and much more.
I thank her for sharing her knowledge with 300 other passionate educators.
It was time for my first session with Nathan Jones @elearnjones who presented iDevice and Assessment 1:1. Really strong examples were used here including Explain Everything, Tellagami, Socrative and my favourite for the day Adobe Voice. I’ve recently have begun to create flipped learning videos for my students and however I knew I needed to improve on the quality, audio and engagement level. Then this happened, I met Adobe, I fell in love with Adobe. “Just met @adobevoice #loveatfirstsight #TTPlay”. Adobe offers many programs for many educational reasons, for example Adobe Voice. This is something I cannot wait to get stuck into the improve my flipped learning videos.
Moving onto some fun activities with the #aussiephysed family and always great to see them and I am sure the team learnt just as much as I did today.
Post first break it was time to move into the second session with Adam Vardanega @adamvardanega who spoke about Classroom Chatters. Which focused on student driven ideas. Using the following apps and programs, Today’s Meet, Padlet and Go Soap Box, all of these can be used with your students.
Today’s Meet enables the teacher to post a question and students only have 140 characters to respond quickly. Which is great, as it educates the students to be short, sharp and straight to the point with their answer. Padlet, is something I use quite often with my students and it was good to refresh the memory and learn new tricks.
A very strong presentation by Adam with excellent knowledge.
It was time to visit and listen to one of the keynotes of the conference, Mark Anderson @ICTEvangelist who showed us why he is one of bests when using an iPad – iPad Ninja! Lots of little tricks learnt when using your iPad. One trick which I loved and will save me time as my email address is a long one, pretty much replaces your address by replacing with another word. Go into your iPad settings – general – keyboard – text replacement, insert your email address under Phrase, choose which ever word you would like to replace your address under Shortcut and done! As mentioned this will save me time.
Last but certainly not least – Flipped Learning and How Adobe Can Help. I was pumped for this session and the brain was feeling still fresh, I think!? Anyways Tim Kitchen whipped out some Adobe magic and showed us how you can create an engaging and high quality flipped learning video.
Here are some Adobe programs I’ll be testing out:
Adobe Presenter (include multiple choice, annotation into your video)
Adobe Voice (get the students to make the video about a Physed skill) (flipped learning)
Adobe Slate (text based)
Adobe Post (iPhone only)
That was only day one!
So coming home tonight and what did I do? Quick gym workout and then straight onto the MacBook and iPad to play around with my new learnings and thinking how can I implement this into my teaching.
What am I expecting tomorrow? Well, I’ll find out very soon.
Cracking day, thank you.
Ok, so you can be a good teacher or you can be an outstanding teacher that makes a difference. We all make a difference in many different ways, here is one quick way on how you can make a difference towards your teaching.
Over the last few months I've been thinking more outside the square with my games and activities. Thinking of how can I be more creative with my lessons and engaged the students even more. I've created a YouTube account where I post all my games and activities which I have created or adapted from other games.
http://youtu.be/euUZ0oRrrrM or search Christina Polatajko on YouTube.
There are thousands and thousands of games out there that can be played, we can search for a game online or through a text, which I heavily rely on for my teaching. However I believe being creative with your games and activities, challenges your thinking and teaching to enhance student learning and development. It's all about trial and error, there is nothing wrong if things don't go to plan, but it is important to know what went wrong and how you can fix it.
Creating your own games and activities don't have to be hard or with fancy equipment, even using old equipment that you thought wouldn't be useful. For example, plastic cups, see the youtube link below for Cup Catching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrkKndvcZbg
Here are a few ideas to get creative and create your own version of a game.
1. Choose a game you love and would work within your current program and year level.
2. Question yourself how can I adapt this for my students and their needs.
3. What challenges can I implement into the activity?
4. Do I need extra equipment? - try and keep it simple.
5. Test it out - ask the students, did they understand the game and the purpose?
6. Save the game through video or record it on paper.
Example of an activity I have created and adapted from another game.
Original Game: 5 Star Handball (AFL warm up)
Original Rules: Handball in a star formation.
Adapted Game: 5 Star Throw and Catch
Aim: To get as many bean bags as possible by throwing and catching.
1. Students get into groups of 5 - 6 (no more than 6).
2. Students throw and catch in a star formation.
3. Students cannot drop the ball otherwise they start again.
4. Once the last person has received the ball, the first person who started goes and collects a bean bag from the other side of the court. (Students cannot get the bean if they dropped the ball).
6. Complete this until there are no more bean bags left.
5. If there are more than 5 in the group, 1 student can become the coach/mentor within the group. Swap roles after each round.
What else can be included into this game? Points can be rewarded - bean bags. Each colour bean bag is worth various points.
- Rolling and stopping the ball in a star formation.
- Students create their own formation.
Remember there are no right or wrong games, as long as it fits into your learning intentions, your current focus, students can understand and it is safe to play.
So simple, so get cracking and create a quality Physed games and activities for your students.
I love sharing my ideas, as it gives other teachers options and ideas for their teaching. So don't forget to share your creativity with the Physed world! #sharingiscaring
These are my own opinions and experiences. I love to share and reflect.